Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 17th Oct 2006 01:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Softpedia posted today a small review of three anti-virus software that are free to use, complete with screenshots. Consider using Microsoft's or Adaware's anti-spyware utilities too to keep your XP healthy.
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PJBonoVox
Member since:
2006-08-14

@Greg

You're forgetting that some of us have been in this game a very long time and we actually, genuinely and 'provably' do know our processes.

I keep my XP installation trimmed down and I do know exactly what is running. This may be difficult for you to comprehend, but that might be because you're an average IT professional.

I keep up to date with all the latest wild viruses, and I read up on them so I can spot infection quickly.

Like I said, you need to take a look at your 'IT professional' status and realise that if this is as alien to you as you make out, you're a very average one. I think the problem here is that a lot of people here on OSNews are a full level or two above you in terms of knowledge, and you fail to realise this.

Edited 2006-10-17 10:21

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Gunderwo Member since:
2006-01-03

Once again drop the holier than thou crap. I don't know where you get the gall to assert that I'm an average IT professional. You know nothing about me.

Tell me how would knowing all your processes help you identify a process that masquaerades as another, or if you have a rootkit on your machine that hides processes?

It's the sort of arrogant attitude you just displayed that I speak of. You know nothing about me, my profession, and my aptitudes yet you blatantly call me average.

Greg

Edited 2006-10-17 14:55

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protagonist Member since:
2005-07-06

I have been in computers for a very long time, probably at least as long as you have, and I have to tell you I would am extremely skeptical of anyone who says they know everything that is going on in their system. Quite frankly, I would trust the person you are denigrating more if I needed work on my system. It is not possible to know every little process that is happening. And you should reconsider your position about malware. It is a necessary evil.

The article itself is a good one to show to all your less knowledgeable friends. If most of them would start using one of these free AV programs the internet would be a much safer place.

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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

I keep up to date with all the latest wild viruses, and I read up on them so I can spot infection quickly.

While this is commendable, wouldn't it be a better use of your time and talents to let a piece of software do most of that work for you?

That's what self-updating scanners like AVG do.

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PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

That's a good point, but bear in mind that free AV scanners (or rather 'decent' ones) have only been around for a while.

I still maintain that I'm able to keep on top of my machine, and have been virus and rootkit free since I've owned a PC (some 17 years now).

I'm not trying to pull any 'holier than thou' stuff, but as far as I'm concerned those who are saying people who don't use AV software are deluded, I'm telling you that your generalisation is incorrect. As I've said, you can be as skeptical as you want, but I know the processes running on my machine now, I know there are no rootkits and adware/spyware is easy to spot a mile off using various techniques.

Have a go at me all you want, but I'm living proof that your argument is flawed.

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